Sclerophyll

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Sclerophyll

 

(also sclerophyte), a stiff-leaved, drought-resistant dicotyledonous plant. The stiffness of the leaves and stems results from the presence of strongly developed mechanical tissues, which prevent wilting when there is a water deficiency. Sclerophyll herbaceous plants include the spiny clotbur of the family Compositae and the eryngo of the family Umbelliferae.

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